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What to Expect...

Your First Visit
You will be asked to arrive a few minutes early to fill out our health history form. Some questions that will be asked include personal medical history, reason for the visit, any major illnesses accidents or injuries, previous surgeries, a list of all medications, diet and exercise levels, and work and leisure habits and postures, as well as a brief waiver.
At this time, your therapist will take you into a treatment room where your registered massage therapist will go over your history form with you and ask any further questions that would be a benefit to facilitating a healing plan for your individual needs. The therapist may also complete some orthopedic or neurological testing to the area of concern.

Preparing for the Treatment
Once a beneficial treatment plan has been established between you and your therapist, she will leave the room, giving you time to prepare for your massage and relax onto the table. Your therapist will make clothing suggestions to wear what makes you feel comfortable - you may be asked to dress down to your underwear, or, if necessary, undress completely. Please note that you will be fully covered by a sheet and/or towels during your session, with only the area being worked being uncovered. Our utmost concern is that you are comfortable, that your privacy is respected.

During the Treatment
The therapist will knock before returning to the treatment room, and then will make sure the pillows and towels are in the correct placement to facilitate the effects we are trying to achieve. During the treatment you may talk or remain quiet, whatever you are most comfortable with. It is important, however, to let your therapist know if at any time they are using too much pressure or not enough. You should be able to feel the therapist working with your muscles; if you feel the need to hold your breath or pull away then the benefits of massage are lessened, and you should mention this to your therapist. Communication is key to getting the most benefit out of your experience! Also, please let your therapist know if you are feeling chilled or if you are too warm. If at any time you are not comfortable with the treatment, you always reserve the right to suggest that the therapist make a change for you to be more comfortable, or even end the treatment early. Keeping comfortable and relaxed is an integral part of a massage therapy treatment.

Ending of the Treatment
After your treatment session is over your therapist will tell you that she is leaving the room so that you may get dressed. Please be cautious when getting off the massage table, do not get up too quickly or get dressed too fast (taking your time allows your blood pressure to restore itself). Once you are dressed, the therapist will have either suggested you to meet her in the reception area or to open the door so she can go over homecare suggestions.

Homecare suggestions given to you by your therapist can range from stretch or strengthening exercises to simple but beneficial self-massage and hydrotherapy. This homecare is very important in facilitating a speedier recovery. Please see Hydrotherapy for more suggestions on using ice and/or heat and Stretching for our most commonly recommended stretches.

Payment and Rebooking
Your therapist will provide you with a receipt for your payment at the end of your appointment. She will also outline a treatment plan, suggestions on when to return for more appointments if they are necessary. You may book your follow-up appointments at this time, or call when you have your schedule established. It is recommended that you book your appointments in advance to reserve the time that suits you best, and that you try to book at least one additional appointment within 5-10 days after your first massage to really address your concerns. It has been noted in a number of studies that massage therapy had a greater effect when multiple treatments were administered over the course of a few weeks.1
Please see Frequently Asked Questions for more information about bookings, payments, receipts, etc.

Suggestions for Everyone After Every Massage
Following your massage it is also important to keep hydrated; as always, drinking water is essential to overall good health. Feeling sore or stiff is not unusual after any deep tissue work, usually this feeling will decrease in less than 24-hours. We plan for you to have relief from your areas of concern after or shortly after your treatment. Often patients feel the biggest difference within the first 36-hours after your treatment. If you do have any concerns, however, do not hesitate to call. Hydrotherapy applications may help relieve any post-treatment tenderness.

1. Moyer CA, Rounds J, Hannum JW. A meta-analysis of massage therapy research. Psychol Bull. 2004;130(1):3-18.

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